The Collaborative for Children and Families Receives a Grant From The New York Community Trust to Build Capacity for Comprehensive Child Welfare

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The grant of $100,000 will help CCF to scale proven methods as it prepares to roll out the Health Home model

The grant from the NYCT taps the CCF’s vast expertise in child welfare programs, enabling the collaborative of agencies to employ a system-wide approach for improving health outcomes.

The Collaborative for Children and Families (CCF) announced that it received a grant of $100,000 from the New York Community Trust. The grant will allow CCF to improve quality of care and save costs for the child welfare sector by identifying and sharing proven practices.

CCF was formed to respond to many changes in New York’s Medicaid system. Experts agree that children need thorough solutions to live healthier, fuller lives, rather than isolated efforts, The grant from the New York Community Trust taps CCF’s vast expertise in child welfare, mental health, and education programs in order to improve health outcomes. Specifically, The Trust’s support will help CCF to create an extensive database of services, develop strategies for cross-agency collaboration and integration, create economies of scale for administrative functions, and hold a forum to build awareness of best practices.

“We are thrilled that the New York Community Trust – one of New York’s leading philanthropic institutions – is standing with the Collaborative for Children and Families to improve the lives of more than 30,000 children,” said Alan Mucatel, chair of the Collaborative for Children and Families and executive director of Leake & Watts Services, Inc. “We have an immense opportunity to transform the child welfare sector by scaling proven solutions, and we look forward to working with The Trust and other funders to achieve this goal.”

Last week, CCF announced that it was designated as a Health Home by the New York State Department of Health. The Health Home care management service model allows CCF to coordinate holistic care for Medicaid enrollees. As a Health Home, CCF will be able to utilize the expertise of its 33 member agencies and its diverse network of community partners to positively affect the majority of New York’s foster care and preventive services population, in addition to other children in need. In the coming year, CCF hopes to work with philanthropic partners to enact the recommendations that will be surfaced by the NYCT grant, and conduct additional policy forums to spread knowledge across the state.

About the Collaborative for Children and Families
Founded in early 2014, the Collaborative for Children and Families (CCF) was formed in anticipation of changes in the delivery of health care services to children eligible for New York State’s Medicaid program. CCF is a New York State nonprofit comprised of 33 member agencies that serve children and families throughout the five boroughs of New York City and Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties. CCF offers comprehensive services to children and families in a more coordinated manner than could be achieved individually. Member agencies as of June 16, 2015 are:

Abbott House
ANDRUS
Astor Services for Children & Families
Berkshire Farm Center
Boys Town New York
BronxWorks
Cardinal McCloskey Community Services
Catholic Guardian Services
Dominican Sisters Family Health Services
Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families
Family Services of Westchester
Forestdale, Inc.
Good Shepherd Services
Graham Windham
Guidance Center of Westchester
HeartShare/St. Vincent’s Services
Jewish Child Care Association of New York
Leake and Watts Services, Inc.
Lincoln Hall
Little Flower Children and Family Services of NY
Lutheran Social Services
MercyFirst
New Alternatives for Children
North American Family Institute
SCO Family of Services
Seamen’s Society for Children and Families
Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services
St. Dominic’s Home
St. John’s Residence for Boys
The Children’s Aid Society
The Children’s Village, Inc.
The Martin de Porres Group Homes
The New York Foundling

Contact:
Mohan Sivaloganathan
212-886-5604
msivaloganathan@shelteringarmsny.org

About the New York Community Trust
Since 1924, The New York Community Trust has been the home of charitable New Yorkers who share a passion for the City and its suburbs—and who are committed to improving them. The Trust supports an array of effective nonprofits that help make the City a vital and secure place to live, learn, work, and play, while building permanent resources for the future. The New York Community Trust ended 2014 with assets of nearly $2.6 billion in more than 2,000 charitable funds, and made grants totaling $165 million (unaudited). The Trust welcomes new donors. Information at nycommunitytrust.org.

Contact:
David L. Marcus
212-686-0010
dlm(at)nyct-cfi(dot)org

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